In recent years, several studies have highlighted the presence of autism spectrum disorder in individuals with other neurodevelopmental disorders. The objective of this preliminary study is to detect the presence of autistic traits in a sample of adults with Down syndrome.
31 adults with Down syndrome participated in the study. An evaluation of the Intelligence Quotient and a screening of the presence of autistic traits through standardized instruments were done.
The obtained Intelligent Quotient scores confirm the presence of intellectual disability.
The preliminary results show the presence of autistic traits in our sample. In addition, we collected additional evidence on those who show familiarity for psychiatric or neurological disorders.
It is necessary to proceed to a formal screening of the presence of autism in Down syndrome and in other neurodevelopmental disorders.